How do People In Iraq Rate The Tap Water?
Travellers and residents of Iraq have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data. A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.
Tap water ratings
- Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 59% Moderate
- Water Pollution 69% High
- Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 41% Moderate
- Water Quality 31% Low
Can you drink the tap water in Iraq?
The US Center for Disease Control's travel advisory recommends avoiding tap water and drinking bottled or disinfected water in Iraq (source). Like all countries though, water accessibility, sanitation, and treatment vary widely from location to location, so we encourage looking for specific city information.
As a walk past an Iraqi butcher shop will demonstrate, food preparation standards are not the same as in Western countries, and consumption of local food can make a visitor ill. Try to bring your own. As tap water is generally not potable, you should especially avoid uncooked foods.
Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.
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